April 10, 2007

Congratulations to Comanche Actor Youngblood!

Reposted from Michelle R. Shining Elk


Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey and Mel Gibson to present Comanche actor Rudy Youngblood with Award

On Saturday, April 14, 2007, First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) will acknowledge Rudy Youngblood’s first motion picture performance as “Jaguar Paw” in Mel Gibson’s APOCALYPTO by presenting him with the award for “Outstanding Performance by a New Actor.” Comanche Nation Chairman Coffey and Mel Gibson will be in attendance to present Youngblood with this, his first acting award.

"Rudy Youngblood came to Lawton, Oklahoma at my request. He is from the Tahchawwickah family and his father is the late Preston Tahchawwickah. On behalf of the Comanche Nation we are quite proud of him and several of our members know him from the powwow circuit. We were proud to welcome him home and had a wonderful cookout for him on Sunday evening. As for his performance in APOCALYPTO, "he is superb, exemplifies tribal teachings, and possesses wisdom and strength of character to make it as an Indian actor" (Comanche Nation Chairman, Wallace Coffey)
Chairman Coffee welcomes Comanche actor Rudy Youngblood

First Americans in the Arts presents the 15th Annual First Americans in the Arts Awards Presentation honoring Native American Indians for their outstanding performances in motions pictures, primetime television, theatre and music in 2006. The event will include a cocktail reception and dinner along with the awards show at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. The cocktail reception kicks off the event at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 8:00pm and the awards presentation at 9:00pm. Tickets information and tickets are available at: www.firstamericans.org.

The awards ceremony will give attendees a first-hand look at the star-studded Awards Presentation attended by leading film and television stars, both American Indian and non-Indian, including Tyler Christopher (ABC’s General Hospital), Brienne Pedigo (ESPN), Mel Gibson, Q’Orianka Kilcher (The New World), Rena Owen (Once We Were Warriors) Mizuo Peck (Night at the Museum) and many more. Among this year’s other recipients are:
Adam Beach: Outstanding Performance in a Film
Eric Schweig: Outstanding Performance in a TV Movie Special
Thirza DeFoe: Outstanding Performance by an Actress
Mary Youngblood: Outstanding Musical Achievement
Arigon Starr: Outstanding Musical Achievement
Tricia Wood Casting Director: Outstanding Achievement
Floyd Westerman: Lifetime Achievement in Music
Native Star Dance Troupe: Will Sampson Memorial Award
Rhianna Yazzie: Outstanding Achievement in Writing
Mel Gibson: Trustee’s Award
Clint Eastwood: Trustee’s Award
Te Ata: Legacy Award
Wes Studi will share Master of Ceremonies and Host duties with Native comedian Charlie Hill.

Founded in 1991, First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) is a nonprofit trust created to recognize, honor and promote American Indian participation in the entertainment industry. Scholarships are also given out to students pursuing careers in film, television and theatre. For more information or to receive an invitation, please call or write to us at www.firstamericans.org